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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Saturday 17 August 2019

An expensive reminder in court that any fishing is prohibited in the Shannon River

​The Shannon River is closed to fishing all year round, including all its tributaries and Shannon Dam, upstream of the river’s intersection with the natural extension of Springbreak Road.

It’s been permanently closed, to enable Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development researchers and scientists to assess the impact of environmental factors on marron and other freshwater fish stocks, without the additional pressure of any fishing activity.

In Manjimup Court this week (on 15 August), three Manjimup men who ignored the closure were each found guilty of two offences after comprehensive evidence from Fisheries and Marine Officers, who carried out surveillance of a campsite the trio set up in January 2017.

They had travelled through the area on quad bikes for some four kilometres, through thick scrub, to access the Shannon River.

Donald Milentis, aged 55, along with 53 year-old David Milentis and 50 year-old Nick Velios were individually ordered to pay fines and penalties totalling $5,030 for the offences they were each charged with. In addition, the magistrate imposed an order for the recovery of court costs of $23,640, which the men are jointly and severally liable to pay.    

The trio were observed by the Fisheries officers on Sunday the 15 January 2017 exiting from the Shannon River. They had been under observation for three days.

When later stopped by the officers, around 1.20pm at a roadside check point, they were found in possession of 48 cooked marron, stored in an icebox. Hidden in one of the quad bike’s tool boxes were an additional 10 marron tails, which had been placed in an undeclared pickling jar.

 48 cooked marron were seized by Fisheries officers

Following the court outcome, the department’s Regional Manager South, Russell Adams said the Fisheries and Marine Officers had achieved a significant result and had kept the men under surveillance, to help establish the level of offending that weekend.

“The in-season marron possession limit for open waters is 16 per person and, when you take into account the 48 cooked marron and the 10 extra tails, they had not only breached the joint possession limit, but were found guilty of taking the marron in a closed area,” Mr Adams said.

“Shannon River has been vital to marron research in Western Australian, to help achieve an accurate assessment of stock numbers for our unique freshwater crayfish. Sustainability is the key to keeping recreational marron fishing opportunities viable for future generations.”  

   There's a year-round prohibition on fishing in the Shannon River 

People who see marron fishing activity out of season, or in closed areas, are asked to report what they have seen to FishWatch, on 1800 815 507.

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